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Nice space between sites. Good spots: 96 (one tent space only), 99, 101, 102, 103, 104, and 109. Convenient to the beach if you're abalone diving but its crowded and loud during the season. Lots of families with screaming kids unfortunately. Still a nice spot
Stayed here during the first week of June. Couldn't reserve specific sites in advance - you just make a reservation, then pick when you get there from what's open. We chose Site 34 as it was a) available (!), near the (clean and modern) restrooms, near the trail to the coast, and surrounded by trees and brush. We had a nice flat shaded lawn to pitch the tent, and it seemed somewhat protected from the wind (but perhaps we just got a calm weekend?) The trail down to Gerstle Cove from Woodside did not appear to be maintained and was overgrown, so wear long pants if you react to poison oak. Gerstle Cove is utterly beautiful, the tiny Visitor's Center is scenic, the tidepools were bit disappointing. Do NOT miss the sunset over the water!